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Scanned 35mm slide comes out as rectangle with dark edges

I am scanning 35 mm slides in the professional mode using the 35mm slide holder.
The slides are square but the scanned image is rectangle. This causes a dark strip on the sides to compensate for a "square original in a rectangle space"

Online Epson support said I'd have to scan each slide and crop the edges. Kind of defeats the use of the slide holder.

Do I have setting wrong

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  • kansasgal Aug 08, 2008

    You are correct. I used the wrong terninology. The 35mm slide I am scanning is held in its outer square "mount". The mounted slide fits exactly in the square holder that comes with the scanner and allows for 4 slides to be scanned at once. This is why I referred to it as "square".



    To me it appears the scanner should scan it is a square, since it is set up that way.



    Kansasgal

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    I'm having the same problem.  My square format slides are automatically cropped to a rectangle when scanned.  I can occasionally get it to scan one correctly if I flip it over, rotate it or shift the 35mm slide frame over.  Annoying.

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I've not ever seen "square" 35mm slides. By definition they are a rectangular positive film in an outer square "mount".

If you have a truly square piece of film then it is not a 35mm slide. You may have to use settings other than those for a 35mm film but these would be I don't know.

When were they taken (approximately)? What brand of film? Are they in a cardboard "mount?

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